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Lens-Artists Challenge #139 – Special Moments

This week for Lens-Artist Challenge #139, Tina invited us to visit our special moments. While there are so many, I would included three events.

Mount St. Helens in Washington state was erupted on May 18, 1980. I was a student at Seattle Pacific University. The 5.1 magnitude earthquake caused a lateral eruption that reduced St. Helens’ height by about 1,300 feet (400 m) and left a crater 1 mile (1.6 km) to 2 miles (3.2 km) wide and 0.5 miles (800 m) deep. It was a major eruption among the 48 states since 1915. The ash drifted over many states and could be seen as far as Chicago. The evacuation was announced before the eruption. Mr. Harry Truman, a caretaker of a resort lodge, refused to leave. He said he belonged to the mountain and would die with the mountain. He, along with fifty-six people were killed.

My family and I went back to visit on September 10, 2016. The mud and debris still filled the river, and the crater was still very much alive. It seemed like nothing or few things would survive. I was in awe to see miles of century-old forests destroyed by the eruption have come back, richer and different from before. There were many beautiful wildflowers. Life overcomes!

I came to the US as a student in 1977. In all the years I was in Hong Kong, I had never visited the Great Wall. In 2012, some family member expressed the interest to take a family vacation in China. I got some tour information from the Chinese Newspaper and made contacts. One tour company offered a private tour with a van and a driver for ten people. After I got the commitment of eight members, I started planning. By the time we set the itinerary, made reservations for air and hotel, three members couldn’t make it. I was a little disappointed. The tour company contacted the tour in China they agreed to accommodate the seven of us. It was a special vacation because I have other countries on my visiting list and may not return to see the Great Wall.

We rarely get to celebrate the birthdays or anniversaries on the day of the event. In 2016, I could plan a trip to Spain in August during our anniversary. When we visited the Mosque of Córdoba, the architecture fascinated me, and I was busy taking photos. The tour moved on without me. It panicked me. Fortunately, my husband is tall, and I spotted him, and quickly merged back to the tour saying nothing.

We were in Barcelona to celebrate our anniversary. I wish to tour inside of Basilica de la Sagrada Familia but the tour didn’t not schedule it. We only had time to take photos. I literally was lying flat on the ground to get the view from the bottom to the top. Of course, my husband was on guard so people wouldn’t step on me and kill me.

The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc (Font màgica de Montjuïc) in Barcelona.

Lens-Artists Challenge #139 – Special Moments

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #89: A River Runs Through It

The theme for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge this week from Amy is A River Runs Through It. She said the theme title for this week is borrowed from “A River Runs Through it” by Norman Maclean

Here are the photos from my travels.

“Don’t push the river, it will flow. Don’t push the love, it will grow.”  Unknown

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Enjoyed the sun at Fall River, Moulton Falls Regional Park, Washington

 “A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.” – Jim Watkins

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Fall River, Moulton Falls Regional Park, Washington

“Life is like the river, sometimes it sweeps you gently along and sometimes the rapids come out of nowhere.” – Emma Smith

3.Germany Cruise on River Rhine from Bonn to Cologne 2013

Took a cruise on River Rhine from Bonn to Cologne, Germany

“Stones make no splash on a frozen lake.”  – Steven Erikson

4.Boston 2004

Overlooking a frozen rover from the hotel in Boston, Massachusetts

 “A river has many curves, but it always reaches the ocean.” – Donald L. Hicks

5.Tagus River, Toledo, Spain 2016

Overlooking Tagus River, Toledo, Spain

“Intelligence is like a river: the deeper it is the less noise it makes.” – Unknown

6.Cruise on Columbia River 2016.09

Enjoyed a dinner cruise on Columbia River, Washington

 

 

Stay tuned for Tina’s (Travels and Trifles) LAPC #90 on March 28th. 

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #89: A River Runs Through It

 

 

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Cooling

My daughter Mercy, her hubby Will took me to Moulton Falls Regional Park, Washington in August 2017, five weeks before Autumn was born.

The 387-acre park is at the East Fork of the Lewis River and Big Tree Creek. It has two waterfalls and an arch bridge. The depths of the river very and have swift currents. It is a perfect place for cooling off to walk in the park or swim in the river.

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May 17: Flash Fiction Challenge – Values of Property or People

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May 17, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about property values. Perhaps its a home, business or pencil museum. What makes them go up or down? Go where the prompt leads.

Respond by May 22, 2018. Use the comment section below to share, read and be social.

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Value of Property or People 

“We got a good deal on our 10 acres, honey.”

“First time hearing of Sequim in Washington Peninsula.”

“Many retirees here.”

“See the logging. The previous owner made a fortune.”

“We need to dig a well and have electricity connected.”

“What was the noise last night?”

“Humm… a bear visitor.”

“Wait, we park next to a beehive.”

“Get in, I’ll move the camper… Isn’t this a peaceful place for retirement?”

“What? No way. Making new friends after retirement and the neighbor is 10 acres away?”

“What do you want to do?”

“Divide the land into 4 pieces and sell.”

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Charli Mill’s Carrot Ranch May 17: Flash Fiction Challenge – Values of Property or People

Eagle Creek Wildfire

The Eagle Creek Fire is a wildfire in the Columbia River Gorge in the U.S. states of Oregon and Washington. The fire was reported on September 2, 2017, and was caused by teenagers igniting illegal fireworks. As of September 11, 2017, the fire had slowed growth, due to rain, yet still expanded 2,000 acres overnight, to 35,588 acres.

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Fire and smoke from Columbia River Gorge on September 4, 2017

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eagle_Creek_Fire

I was with Mercy and Will at a park in North Portland on the afternoon of September 14. I took a few photos of the sun around 6:20 p.m. The smoke was still heavy in the sky. The ray of the sun was filtered by the smoke and turned the sky into a smoky red. I hope the rain will come soon to reduce the smoke in the air.

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Tuesday Photo Challenge – Waterfalls

Frank’s theme for Tuesday Photo Challenge this week is WATER.

After posting photos of sky and ocean, I want to go inland to find water. I have visited many botanical gardens and Japanese gardens where manmade waterfalls and ponds are beautiful features. I love to capture the images of the goldfish.

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Los Angeles Arboretum, California

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Los Angeles Arboretum, California

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Japanese Garden, Portland, Oregon

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Japanese Garden, Portland, Oregon

I recently visited Moulton Falls in Washington State and had a wonderful time with Will and Mercy swimming in the river. We only went to one area with a small waterfall. Will does kayaking often in this river and used to ride down the highest fall.  We also visited Multnomah Fall in Columbia River Gorge, Oregon a while back. Multnomah Fall is 620 feet high and is the tallest fall in the State of Oregon.

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Moulton Falls, Washington

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Multnomah Fall, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

 

Frank at Dutch Goes the Photo: Tuesday Photo Challenge – Waterfalls

SoCS August 19, 2017

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “pant.” Use one the word “pant” as is, or find a word with “pant” in it and base your post on it. Have fun! – Lind G Hill

I arrived Portland on Tuesday night, was eagerly anticipant of my daughter’s Baby Shower on Saturday. My daughter’s best friend coordinates the Shower. I was a proud participant of hosting team by preparing food and drinks.

Will’s cousin and her daughter arrived from Seattle on Thursday night to attend the Shower on Saturday. Will and Mercy took Friday off to spend time with them. The weather was very mild. Will took us to the river in Moulton Falls Regional Park in Washington. We stopped by one area with calm water. Both Will and Mercy jumped into the cool water. I rolled up my pants and got my feet and legs wet. The nearby Water Fall was gorgeous. Mercy and I both enjoy photography; we lingered and snapped the shots from different angles. It was such a relaxing afternoon with family.

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With a pant, Will jumped into the water

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Mercy and the baby are swimming

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In the evening, I did my assignment of preparing the fruit skewers. I am excited about the baby Shower and expect to have many, many participants.

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Linda’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday: SoCS August 19, 2017